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Authentique Gracious Tea Themed Banner

Authentique Gracious Tea Themed Banner by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Authentique Gracious Tea Themed Banner

Hello, Friends!  Happy Friday!  Let’s kick off the weekend with a shabby chic little Gracious tea themed banner for all my fellow tea drinkers!  Imagining and designing this shabby chic beauty was so much fun!

Once again, I’ve paired some of my favorite Eileen Hull Dies up with beautiful Authentique papers and textiles to make this warm and cozy bit of eye candy.

Gracious Tea Themed Banner: Creating the Pennant Base

Each pennant in the tea themed banner has 3 layers: a burlap paper backing, a large designer paper layer and a smaller designer paper layer.

Cut the pennants for this banner with Eileen’s Sizzix House Stitchlets Die.  Use just the largest frame die to cut the first layer.  Then use both the frame and the insert die to cut the second layer.  Trim the perforated edge from the second layer.  Line it up on your cutting tool so that you only cut away half the die cut circle.  Then you have a lovely edge detail.  Next, place a bit of Scor-Tape on the back of the larger pennant, right in the center.  Lay this over some burlap and cut out the third layer by hand.  This is not as tricky as it sounds.  Just take your time and trim about 1/4″ larger than the paper layer. Stack the 3 layers together and stitch them on your sewing machine.  If you don’t sew, then just glue them all together.

TIP:  Use Scor-Tape or a small dab of adhesive on the back of each layer to hold things in place while sewing.  This makes the job so much easier.

When you have stitched all the pennant layers together, use binder clips or pins to secure them to a 1 yard length of Antique Gold Silky Crush Ribbon.  Leave about 2″  between each pennant.  Then stitch the pennants to the ribbon.  Tie a bit of ribbon between each pennant.  Add triple loop bows and gold metallic string bows on each end.

Gracious Tea Themed Banner:  The Teacups

I have found so many ways to use Eileen’s teacup die.  I wish Sizzix would release this die again, as I know many of you would like to add it to your stash.  Die cut each teacup twice: once from mat board or heavy chipboard and again from designer paper.  Adhere the designer paper to the mat board.  Easy peasy!

TIP:  Cut the paper for the tea cups to measure 4 1/2″ x 3 1/4″.  You want to place the paper on the die face down.  For the tea tag, paper measures 1 1/2″ X 2″.  Cut this twice as well: once from chipboard, once from designer paper.

Gracious Tea Themed Banner:  The Details

Now comes the fun part: assembling the banner.  Add flowers, lace, little charms and elements from the cardstock die cut sheet to make your project really special.  Die cut doilies folded in half really make the tea cups pop on the banner.  Little metal spoons, vintage buttons, fall fruits and other sweet details add that shabby chic charm we all love so much.

I just think this banner would be so sweet hanging in a kitchen.  Since I am a tea drinker, I have a buffet table in my kitchen where I store all my teas and such.  I’ve been wanting to make a banner to hang here for the longest time.  This one is in my Etsy shop, if you’d like to hang it in your kitchen.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas that you can use in your next crafty adventure.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.  You’ll also find a linked supply list at the bottom of this post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Autumn, Pumpkins and You Etcetera Tag

Autumn, Pumpkins, and You Etcetera Tag with Prima Autumn Sunset

Hello, Friends!  Let’s cozy up with a cuppa and take a look at this Autumn, Pumpkins, and You Etcetera Tag, shall we?  Autumn is all about rich textures, beautiful colors and layers.  I’ve incorporated all those elements into this lovely home decor piece.

Autumn, Pumpkins and You Mixed Media Etcetera Tag Prima Autumn Sunset by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Etcetera tags are huge.   This “small” tag measures 5 1/2″ x 10″ and it’s about 1/4″ thick. A perfect size and weight for home decor, and able to stand up to mixed media techniques, these tags are a favorite base.  I thought you might enjoy seeing how I prepared the tag base with mixed media supplies.  So I put together a little “mini tutorial” for you.

Autumn, Pumpkins, and You Etcetera Tag: Layer by Layer

Begin by painting the edges of your Etcetera Tag with DecoArt Copper Metallics Paint.  Dry with your heat gun.

Next, randomly apply Versamark Embossing Ink directly to the edges of the tag.  Then sprinkle randomly with Seth Apter Patina Oxide Baked Texture.

Now heat emboss, but don’t bake it all the way, as you will be adding another layer of embossing powder.

Let the first layer of embossing powder cool, the randomly apply Versamark to the edges again.  Then sprinkle lightly with Emerald Creek Burnt Copper Leaves Embossing Powder.  Heat emboss until you like the finish. This is a matter of personal choice.

I like to emboss my powders until they are like dark toast…not quite burnt, but rich and toasty!

Next, I cut a liner sheet about 1/2″ smaller than the tag.  Collage paper scraps and fussy cut images in layers, stitch on the machine and you’ve got a great base to work with.  There’s no real wrong way to do this.

Autumn, Pumpkins, and You Etcetera Tag: The Details

Cluster images and elements together to create a focal point.  This is important.  The eye needs a place to rest.

This vintage curtain tie back is made of tin.  I altered it with paint and embossing powders to add rich autumn hues.  Then I clustered flowers and autumn leaves around it to blend it into the collage.

Top the tag with gorgeous plaid ribbon, curly ribbon, acorns and more flowers.  The green balls are green peppercorns from my kitchen.

Autumn, Pumpkins, and You Etcetera Tag: The Flip Side

Prima Autumn Sunset Mixed Media Etcetera Tag Waterfall by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

There’s a lot of great real estate on the back side of these tags.  Finish the back side with a lovely little waterfall cascade.  Just add photos!

I have a few of these tags scattered around my home as decor.  This one sold in my Etsy shop.  I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas that you can use in your own crafty adventures.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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  • Prima Autumn Sunset
  • Small Tim Holtz Etcetera Tag
  • Seth Apter Baked Texture: Patina Oxide
  • Emerald Creek Burnt Copper Leaves Embossing Powder
  • Versamark Embossing Ink Pad
  • Ribbon, embellishments and fibers from my stash

Prima Autumn Sunset Mixed Media Wall Hanging

Prima Autumn Sunset Mixed Media Wall Hanging for Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, Friends! Today, I have a mixed media wall hanging to share with you.  It has been a long, hot summer here in North Carolina.  I am so ready for the season to turn the corner into fall.  So while I’m waiting for these sultry days to wind down, I’ve been playing with my Prima Autumn Sunset paper pretties.  (You can see this entire collection in my unboxing video HERE.)

The inspiration for this 9″ x 11″ piece came from my granddaughters.  Sophie (10) and Julia (7) are fascinated by what I do.  They are always on the lookout for bits and pieces that I can add to my stash.  When a storm knocked over the Bradford Pear trees at their house, the trees had to be removed.  Sophie saved me that lovely piece of tree bark because she thought perhaps I could use it in my art.  And Julia, who  knows how much I love acorns, is always picking them up for me.  If you look in the floral cluster, you’ll see 2 cute acorns that are Julia’s contribution to this piece.

Autumn Sunset Mixed Media Wall Hanging: Preparing the Base

Here’s how this one came together, layer by layer:

  • Begin by distressing the edges of a 9″ x 11″ piece of heavy kraft cardstock.
  • Then cut an 8 1/2″ x 11″ panel of the rusty check from the Autumn Sunset A4 pad.  Distress the edges and machine stitch onto the kraft panel.
  • Now, break out some Wendy Vecchi Embossing Paste and a Flourish Stencil.  Add a few drops of Antique Linen Distress Re-Inker into the paste, and mix to soften the bright white color.  Apply a thick layer in the corners of the canvas.  Heat dry (gently) or leave to dry overnight.
  • Now, apply Prima Copper Crackle Texture Paste through a Tim Holtz Autumn Leaves Layering Stencil.  I like to apply this in a thickness that is similar to mayonnaise on a Southern Style tomato sandwich.   Heat set (gently) or let air dry.  If you heat set, keep the heat gun moving.  You may get some cool little heat blisters that pop up, and I actually like that look.
Autumn Sunset Mixed Media Wall Hanging: Layer by Layer

This next part is where the fun really begins.  Cut apart the images from the Autumn Sunset 12″ x 12″ collage sheet.  Back them with dimensionals.  Use one, two or three layers on the back so that when you glue them to the base, you have varying heights.  Fussy cut the fox and other elements and do the same.  Then just kind of fit everything together in a pleasing arrangement.  It’s a bit like putting a puzzle together.

TIP: Ink all the cut edges with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.  This helps the individual pieces stand out in the whole.

Because the tree bark is curved on the back side, I had to create “shims” with layers of chipboard before adhering it to the base of the canvas.  Then I tucked fall leaves, little ceramic mushrooms, flowers and other goodies in around the base to integrate it into the piece.

These Autumn Sunset Flowers are just so beautiful!

The final step was attaching the canvas to this sweet little vintage hanger that I found in my stash.  I topped the hanger with Turftan Brown Delicate Stitched Satin Bows, and Brown/Cream Plaid Ribbon from the August Ribbon Club Assortment.   Then I added some sweet vintage buttons on top of the bows, and here and there in the canvas.  You know me and my buttons!

I find that the more I work with mixed media, the more I am enjoying the process.  There is still so much to learn, but that is half the fun, isn’t it?

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas that you can use in your own crafty adventures.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.  You’ll also find a linked supply list below the post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Button Farm Club Trick or Treat Tag Box Kit

Button Farm Club Trick or Treat Tag Box Kit with Authentique Twilight Collection

Hello, Friends!  Are you ready for the big reveal of my latest Button Farm Club Kit?  This Trick or Treat Tag Box Kit is frightfully fabulous!  I brewed up a magical potion that conjured up a Halloween home decor, photo album, treat tag project that is absolutely bewitching!

Every time I look at this project, I grin from ear to ear!  This 4 1/2″ drawer holds 6 dimensional treat tags that double as little photo folios.  The witch legs just slay me!

All four sides of this Button Farm Club Trick or Treat Tag Box Kit are ready to party, making it the perfect centerpiece for your Halloween display.

The classic black, orange and cream color palette matches last year’s Button Farm Club Halloween project, too.  So if you have that one, this is a great companion piece.

The treat tags are decorated front and back as well.  I love a project that can be changed up!  And just look at those fabulous brass feet on the box!

Button Farm Club Trick or Treat Tag Box Kit: The Treat Tags

There are 6 treat tags tucked inside our Boo-tiful Halloween box.  As you can see, each tag is rich in detail and filled with fun!  (This is just a sneaky peek at 3 of the tags.)

And you can’t have a Trick or treat tag without a little candy, right?  The dimensional pocket on each tag holds an individual packet of candy corn…my favorite Halloween treat!

Button Farm Club Trick or Treat Tag Box Kit: The Techniques

Not only is this kit too cute to spook, it is filled with wonderful techniques that you can carry over into your other crafty adventures.  Here are just a few of the fun techniques that you’ll learn in this kit:

  • Cover a Graphic 45 Tag with or without a die.
  • How to create marvelous paper layers.
  • Make a dimensional box style pocket.
  • Create handmade rosettes without a die!
  • How to work with ribbons to create a fabulous ribbon cluster
  • Turn a tag into a mini photo album.

Yes, the back side of each tag is actually a miniature 3 1/2″ x 6″ photo album.

This is the perfect spot for preserving photos of your favorite little Ghouls and Goblins!  You’ll have room for 12 photos.

Button Farm Club Trick or Treat Tag Box Kit Tour on YouTube

This short video tour will show you all the wonderful features of this kit.

Button Farm Club Trick or Treat Tag Box Kit: What’s in the Kit?

By now you know I like to load up my projects with fun embellishments.  And you will get everything you need to recreate this great project in the kit.  One of the reasons I decided to release these kits through the Button Farm Club is the fact that they love to pack their kits full to the brim with creative goodies. I honestly don’t think you could purchase the individual elements for the price Laura charges…plus you get the printed tutorial written by me.  This is a venture I am really proud to be part of!

Each Trick or Treat Tag Box Kit contains:

  • A beautifully crafted  4 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ wooden drawer with a metal drawer pull.
  • A full set of vintage style brass feet with the necessary hardware to attach them
  • (8) 12″ x 12″ sheets of Authentique Paper’s Spooktacular Twilight Collection
  • (1) 12″ x 12″ sticker sheet with heavy weight cardstock stickers
  • (2) 12″ x 12″ sheets of color matched Spectrum Cardstock for creating the folios
  • Graphic 45 Large Black Tag Album with 6 tags
  • Ribbon Assortment (6 different ribbon styles!)
  • One dozen witch legs in assorted colors
  • 3 silver tone Jack-o-Lantern charms
  • 3 silver tone haunted house charms
  • 1 large spiderweb/witch/cauldron charm
  • 1 package of Little Birdie Halloween chipboard
  • 6 individual packets of candy corn
  • 6 miniature wooden clothespins
  • Full color, printed step by step tutorial created exclusively for The Button Farm Club

*Note: We recommend that you purchase the Graphic 45 Large Tag die to make quick work of covering each tag.  This can be purchased at The Button Farm Club.  However, the tutorial has directions for covering the tag even if you don’t have the die.  

From your own stash, you will need to add: adhesive, scoring tool, ruler, paper trimmer, standard hole punch, corner rounder punch (if you are covering the tags by hand…if you have the die, you will not need this tool), and something to add color to your chipboard pieces.  It can be ink, paint, markers or even crayons…whatever you have on hand!

This is a limited edition kit, so place your order before they all vanish into thin air!  You can get your kit HERE.  The price is $62.99.

There are still a few of my other BFC kits in stock, as well as written tutorials for the retired projects.  To see what you might have missed, you can look HERE.

It’s always an honor to create these tutorial kits for you.  So many of you have asked me to travel to you to do classes…and this is the next best thing!  Thanks so much for your friendship and support!  I appreciate you more than words can say!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Authentique Twilight Trick or Treat Banner Tutorial

Authentique Twilight Trick or Treat Banner Tutorial with Eileen Hull Gift Card  & Tag #2 Die

Hello, Friends!  Today, I’m sharing a Frightfully Fabulous Authentique Twilight Trick or Treat Banner Tutorial.  We’ll be working with Eileen Hull’s new Gift Card Folder & Tag #2 Die as well as the House/Pocket Stitchlets Die.

Is there anything more festive than a holiday banner?  I don’t think so!  The Twilight Collection from Authentique is done all in shades of classic orange, black and cream.  The vintage images are a great mix of sweet and slightly spooky.  I just had to use it to make a little Halloween Home Decor.

Authentique Twilight Trick or Treat Banner Tutorial: Making the Large Pennants

The banner measures a little over 4 feet in length.  Here are the steps I followed to make this Boo-tiful banner.

  • First, die cut 3 large pennants with the Eileen Hull House/Pocket Stitchlets Die.  Use the large outer frame and cut the shapes from black cardstock.
  • Next, cut 3 pennants from designer paper.  To do this, place the insert die inside the frame.  Die cut from the 12″ x 12″ Collection Kit so that the patterns match the scale of the project.
  • Now, place the patterned paper pennants on your cutting tool.  Line the stitching holes up so that they are half way on the cutting edge.  Then cut around the perimeter.  This leaves you with a really cool shaped edge on each pennant.
  • Adhere each patterned pennant on orange cardstock.  Then trim out using your paper cutter.
  • Finally, stitch the 3 layers together on the sewing machine.  Or, if you don’t stitch, simply glue them together.

Authentique Twilight Trick or Treat Banner Tutorial: Making the Small Pennants

The banner has 4 small pennants.  These are made with Graphic 45 ATC Tags, turned upside down so that the grommet is on the bottom.  Cut the paper liner using the ATC die. For these pennants, work with the 8″ x 8″ Twilight Pad so that the scale of the pattern matches the size of the pennant. Then adhere the liner to the tag.  Easy peasy!

Authentique Twilight Trick or Treat Banner Tutoria: Putting it all together

I like to machine stitch my banners to ribbon.  First, stitch along the top edge.  Use bulldog clips or pins to hold everything in place.  If you are adding ric-rack, as I did, go ahead and stitch this on at the same time.  But if you don’t stitch, you can simply attach each pennant with a clothespin or a bulldog clip.  That is perfectly fine.

TIP: Once you have stitched along the top edge, turn the banner and stitch a second time along the bottom edge of the ribbon.  This only takes a second, but it ensures that the banner will lie flat when displayed.

Authentique Twilight Trick or Treat Banner Tutorial: Making the Rosettes

You can die cut rosettes, or make your own.  There are loads of tutorials on YouTube showing you how to make your own rosettes without using a die.   String some spooky metal embellishments through the grommet hole of each tag.  If you use jewelry wire, this is easily done.

TIP:  If you die cut your rosettes, be sure to run a strip of washi tape over the back side before you fold.  This keeps the perforated lines from separating.

Authentique Twilight Trick or Treat Banner Tutorial: Making the Treat Box

Each of the large pennants is decorated with a little treat box/book insert.

The box is a dimensional envelope, cut with Eileen Hull’s new Sizzix die.  Then I  used the gift card holder die to make a little book to tuck inside each envelope.

The book opens to reveal a little treat pocket and a mini sentiment card.

Paint wood clothespins black, then cover the front with a bit of ribbon, a burlap string bow and small posy.  Use the clothespins to hold the treat boxes in place on the banner.

Authentique Twilight Trick or Treat Banner Tutorial on YouTube

I’ve prepared an easy to follow video tutorial showing you how to make the treat box and the book insert.  I hope you enjoy!

You’ll find a linked supply list at the bottom of this post.  To see other ideas for using the Eileen Hull dies, click HERE.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas that you can use in your own crafty adventures.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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